Are you thinking about applying eyelash extensions but aren’t sure how to do it?

Eyelash extensions can completely transform the way you look. They can make your eyes go from tired and small to bright and beautiful. Not to mention, they can help you cut down on your morning routine, as you’ll no longer need to apply mascara. Some people even find that the extensions make their eyes pop so much that they also don’t need to apply eyeliner.

But, it can be difficult to apply eyelash extensions. Applying your extensions perfectly takes precision and focus. What do you need to do to turn your lashes from drab to fab?

Read on to learn the top tips for applying eyelash extensions.

Choose the Right Eyelash Extensions

While you can buy cheap $10 eyelash extensions from your local drugstore, these types of extensions usually fall off in a couple of hours. If you want your extensions to last, you need to be willing to invest a little extra money into them.

There are all kinds of eyelash extensions available today, and choosing the right ones for your eyes can be difficult. Here are some tips to keep in mind when choosing eyelash extensions:

Understand the Different Materials

First, you need to understand the different materials available. Here’s what you have to choose from:

Mink: Mink extensions come from the tail fur of Chinese or Siberian minks. These extensions are lightweight, fluffy, and they’re best for those who want a natural look.

Sable: Sable extensions are even fluffier and finer than mink extensions. These extensions are best for those with fine natural lashes. Unfortunately, this material isn’t as readily available as mink or other materials, so you may need to do some digging to find sable extensions.

Faux Mink/Fox: Faux mink or faux fox extensions are great for those who want the look of mink without the hefty price tag. These extensions are made from a fluttery, fluffy material, and they’re available in many different lengths and volumes. They’re also known for being very comfortable to wear.

Silk: The term “silk extensions” is a bit of a misnomer, as these eyelash extensions aren’t actually made from silk. These extensions are a bit heavier than faux mink extensions, and they’re best for special occasions as opposed to long-term wear.

Synthetic: While synthetic lash extensions are the heaviest and least-natural looking, they’re also the most affordable.

XD: XD lash extensions, also known as volume lash extensions, focus on adding more volume to your eyelashes instead of just length. XD lash extensions are available in 2D, 3D, 4D, 5D, and 6D, with 2 being the least voluminous and 6 being the most voluminous.


Another thing you need to consider when choosing lash extensions is the length. The most popular sizes range from 9mm to 15mm. The length you select will depend on your desired outcome. If you’ve never had lash extensions before, we suggest starting with a shorter length so you can get accustomed to the look before opting for something more dramatic.


After deciding on the length, you also need to think about the curl. Lash extensions are available in two main curl types: J curl and C curl.

The J curl is the most natural-looking, while the C curl is best for those who want to add a little extra drama to their lashes. You can read this article to learn more about choosing eyelash extension supplies.

Use Under-Eye Stickers

Under-eye stickers should be applied before applying your eyelash extensions. These stickers make it easier for you to isolate the eyelash area so you can better concentrate on applying the extensions.

Be careful to not apply the stickers too close to the eye. When placing the stickers under your lower eye, they should sit about 3 to 4 mm from your lower lash line.

Cleanse the Face Thoroughly

You need to properly cleanse the eye area before applying the extensions to avoid infection. There shouldn’t be any mascara or eyeliner on your eyes, as this can skew the results.

We suggest cleansing your face as you normally would and using a makeup pad to rub away any excess dirt or makeup on your eyes. This will make it easier to apply the extensions.

Be Careful With the Glue

When putting on eyelash extensions, you want to avoid gluing the entire lash extension to your entire eyelash. Natural eyelashes point in every direction. If you glue all of the extensions onto the entire eyelash, they’ll end up pointing in every direction.

To avoid this, place the extensions on 2 mm from the base of the natural lash. Doing so will allow you to shape and style the lashes in your preferred direction.

Take Care of Your Lashes

Once you apply your eyelash extensions, your job isn’t over. You also need to focus on proper eyelash maintenance. Here are some tips to help you maintain your eyelash extensions:

  • Avoid touching your eyelash extensions, especially for the first few hours
  • Keep them dry for at least 24 to 36 hours after applying them
  • Use oil-free products on your face, particularly oil-free makeup removers and moisturizers
  • Clean your extensions a few times a week with a foam cleanser
  • Don’t apply waterproof mascara to your lashes

If you’re wearing professional lash extensions, avoid trying to remove them yourself. Instead, allow them to fall off naturally or go to the salon to have them removed.

Are You Ready to Apply Eyelash Extensions?

Now that you’ve read this guide, it’s time for you to try your hand at applying eyelash extensions. With the right lash extensions, you’ll be able to transform your eyes.

Of course, eyelash extensions aren’t the only way to step up your beauty routine. For more beauty-related news and tips, check out our blog.